Phnom Penh Covid-19 Restrictions Extended for Two More Weeks

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A local official hands papers explaining measures to close down dine-in at restaurants to food vendors near Phnom Penh’s Phsar Kabko, on July 30, 2021. (Keat Soriththeavy/VOD)

Phnom Penh City Hall once again extended Covid-19 preventative measures for two weeks until September 23, including restrictions on alcohol, bars, massage parlors, gyms and gatherings over 15 people.

The directive, issued Thursday, continues previous restrictions for several types of businesses and venues:

  • Clubs, karaoke parlors, bars, discos, beer gardens, casinos, resorts, museums, playgrounds and parks.
  • Massage parlors, saunas, cinemas, theaters, fitness clubs and sports centers.
  • Liquor stores.

Gatherings over 15 people or those that involve alcohol are banned.

Public and private schools that have not reopened must continue to provide online training, the City Hall statement adds.

Schools are in the process of gradually reopening nationwide, starting with rural areas that have faced greater challenges reaching students online. Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng said earlier this month that if the Covid-19 situation stayed stable, the capital’s schools could open in late September.

The Health Ministry on Thursday announced 589 new Covid-19 cases in the country and 20 deaths, the highest daily deaths since August 16. The number of infections has risen slightly this week to 3,598 cases over the past seven days, up from 2,968 the prior seven days. But the number remains well below the country’s peak of close to 7,000 cases a week in July, and the Health Ministry says nearly 11.4 million people have received first vaccination doses out of a population of around 16 million.

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